Why we chose the Dalbello Lupo Pro: Maximum power, decent walk mode (without tongues), race-like last
ROM: 67 degrees
Binding Compatibility: Gripwalk
Weight (per boot): 1,835g (uphill), 1,990g (downhill)
Suitable for the feet of the most adventurous freeride skiers who require an ultra-high performing downhill ski boot, and who also want a boot that can offer the best touring specs in the same package. 98mm last means the Lupo sits amongst the narrowest on the market for touring boots. It’s suitable for a skier wanting a snug, well performing, fit and also skiers with narrower feet. Also coming in at a 130 flex when in ski mode, the boot guarantees maximum power transmission for advanced/expert level skiers when in the powder.
But let’s talk about uphill for a moment, because that’s where this boot shines.
As part of the three piece design adopted by the Lupo Pro, the separate tongue provides easy entry as well as a much less distorted flex pattern. But – most importantly, as the tongue is simply detached with one hand – it opens the range of movement significantly when hiking. The tongue can then be thrown into a backpack which reduces weight on the foot, and generally makes the strides significantly easier.
Out of the box, there is no doubt that the Lupo is a narrow, performance fitting boot. That being said, I also suspect the target audience for this boot will not be foreign to a snugger fitting ski boot. Dalbello have used a malleable polyamide shell which can be moulded and stretched in local areas of the foot to reduce pressure points, something which will make those longer touring missions comfier.